Lawson fired keeping India series in view: PCB chief

October 24th, 2008 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Oct 24 (IANS) Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt said the decision to sack Geoff Lawson as national coach is to ensure the national team’s good showing in the all-important home series against old rivals India early next year.Butt told IANS Friday that he was convinced that under Lawson Pakistan will not be able to give of their best against India in the three Tests and five One-Dayers in January-February here.

“India is really playing well and is, perhaps, one of the best cricket teams in the world,” said Butt, a former Pakistan Test opener who took over as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman last month.

“Under Lawson, Pakistan has mostly been struggling and there were no signs of improvement. I want a coach who can get the best out of the team, especially in the home series against India which is our biggest assignment in a long time,” he stressed.

Butt fired Lawson Friday on the grounds that his performance as Pakistan coach has been below-par.

Lawson, 50, took over as Pakistan coach last summer. The former Australia Test pacer was unable to inspire the team to win any major tournaments or series and the Pakistanis, in fact, lost back-to-back Test and ODI series against South Africa and India.

Pakistan is expected to bring back former Test batsman Javed Miandad as the new coach. Another former Test captain Intikhab Alam is also being considered for the challenging assignment.

However, Butt refrained from singling out anybody for the post. “We have our options and will take a final decision as to who will be the new Pakistan coach within the next few days.”

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